With the rise in the number of golf courses, corporate greens and hotel chains, the market for landscape irrigation systems and equipment is a whopping Rs 10,320 crore
A ‘kiss’ can revive not only low spirits but dull grass and plants as well! KISSS (Capillary Irrigation Sub-Surface Systems) is a landscape irrigation technology devised by an Australia-based firm, Irrigation and Water Technologies.
This and many other such innovative technologies are fast reshaping the techniques of landscape irrigation. So what is landscape irrigation? Irrigating a piece of land for a utility other than agricultural products is termed as landscape irrigation. Done usually with an aesthetic purpose in mind, it is generally used for growing good-quality grass on lawns, parks or golf courses. With the rising number of such golf courses, corporate greens and hotel chains dotting the country, the market for such irrigation systems and their equipment is on an upswing as well. According to DARE estimates, this market is worth over Rs 10,320 crore.
Wherever there is greenery, there has to be water, and hence, means of dispensing the water. In a country that witnesses utter droughts and overwhelming deluges, all possibly within a few hundred miles of one another, conserving the water and using it efficiently for irrigation assumes great importance. Landscape irrigation works on this basic concept of water management using techniques that provide irrigation, which is not only better but smarter! The “smarter” part is not just a figure of speech; irrigation consultants or architects employ smart sensors to help track the requisite quantity of water that your plot, or even a single plant or blade of grass on your plot, may require!
How is it done?
Landscape irrigation is different from the traditional irrigation systems, in that aesthetics is as important an aspect of the irrigation process as the utility. You cannot leave your sprinklers running on a golf course while a few from the Ambani clan are sealing a deal teeing off with the Soros of the world. Hence, sub-surface irrigation is the way to go.
|Sub-surface irrigation is done below the surface of the soil. Drip pipes are installed below the surface of the soil at a specific depth. Drip emitters, stationed at regular intervals on the pipes, let out the water to irrigate the soil. The equipment required to set up the systems comprise pipes, valves, pumps, sensors, nozzles and several other pipe fittings. The irrigation network is timed according to the requirements of the soil, and can be manually switched on or automated using sensors. It offers several benefits, ranging from 30%-40% water conservation, precise application of water to plant roots and flexibility of design to accommodate uneven terrain and differing plant lifecycles.|
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